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2005-08-03 08:37:13 PM  



I give you the Houston Rockets.. um I mean Lakewood Church
 
2005-08-03 08:40:34 PM  
If there's one thing God was all about in the Bible, it was ostentatious displays of wealth and idol worship.
 
2005-08-03 08:46:25 PM  
damn that is sad, lookit the size of that thing...

/its no moon, its a space station
 
2005-08-03 08:55:43 PM  
Didn't we have a greenlit thread about this recently?

/It is still ridiculous.
 
2005-08-03 08:56:37 PM  
Mega-organized religion(s) is/are for simple-minded people who crave a shared experience with other simple minds, so they can share their forced religious experience in huge numbers without feeling like morons for throwing cash at the spiritual equivalent of McDonald's.

McReligion. Hope you simpletons enjoy it, cause it sure beats that blasphemy known as 'thinking for yourself'.
 
2005-08-03 08:58:23 PM  
Norad:

McReligion. Hope you simpletons enjoy it, cause it sure beats that blasphemy known as 'thinking for yourself'.

I think it's very telling that one of the first lessons of the Bible is that seeking knowledge is wrong and the cause of all original sin.
 
2005-08-03 09:01:10 PM  
when religion is largely pushed into more of a club than a faith, why should it be surprising that people want really friggin big clubs?

i'm honestly just curious why these folks don't just turn on the boobtoob at home and watch somebody yammer about jesus for a few hours, rather than driving somewhere to watch somebody on a tv screen yammer about jesus for a few hours. you can't tell me its the 'community togetherness'...what...do you get season tickets to church, and plan barbecues with the people who share section 108b with you?

just seems like you could attain just as much spiritual enlightenment sitting on the couch in your boxers.
 
2005-08-03 09:01:15 PM  
McReligion. Hope you simpletons enjoy it, cause it sure beats that blasphemy known as 'thinking for yourself'.

But what if this is what G-d really wants? Maybe we have misinterpreted the Bible and G-d really needs this kind of attention or else he gets angry.
 
2005-08-03 09:04:33 PM  
This thread is going to be simply delicious when it hits the main page.
 
2005-08-03 09:04:42 PM  
Being against places like this is probably why I come off as "anti-religious" (well, one of many reasons probably :>).

I am admittedly an agnostic (although I like to use the term "Non-Church going Unitarian" sometimes). But, in general, I think religious/spiritual beliefs are something that should be for the most part a pretty personal endevor. These "Mega Churches" are very, very, very much the opposite of that thinking.
 
2005-08-03 09:04:44 PM  
heap:

just seems like you could attain just as much spiritual enlightenment sitting on the couch in your boxers.

Megachurches aren't about spiritual enlightenment, they're about entertainment. A church in a stadium just makes that fact more obvious. These places lure people in with loud music and a religious philosophy that doesn't involve a lot of actual sacrifice, what with the "Jesus forgives all" deal. Going to churches like this is like going to a rock concert every week, except you have to sit through a speech between musical acts.
 
2005-08-03 09:06:27 PM  
 
2005-08-03 09:08:20 PM  
I think it's funny that most of them are worshipping God in the exact same spot they were conceived twenty years ago during a Quiet Riot concert.

And Abrahim said to Jeherezzaboheth, 'So thou think I got a humble face, thy should know better. Thou don't know why. Thou don't know why. Forevermore. Oh yo. So cum on feel the joy, Corinthians rock your Ephesians. We'll get pious, pious, pious. Pious, pious, pious.'
 
2005-08-03 09:11:31 PM  
kronicfeld: I think it's very telling that one of the first lessons of the Bible is that seeking knowledge is wrong and the cause of all original sin.

I always thought it proved God is an asshat. Ok, now I'm going to give you the run of the place and your lives will be pretty sweet, but don't touch that tree! I mean it! Oh, you're both so busted. I told you not to touch it and you went ahead and touched it, so I'm going to make your lives miserable even though I was the one who put the tree there and told you not to touch it knowing full well you would.
 
2005-08-03 09:11:52 PM  
They should keep more sports stuff around there. Maybe keep the hardwood so everyone's shoes would squeak on the way to their seats, or the penalty box when you can go sit 2 minutes for blasphemy.

Touching little kids is a 5 minute major.
 
2005-08-03 09:15:38 PM  
I, as a Christian, tend to look down upon this style of worship as the show tends to take more importance than the actual reason for worship. That said, the author of this piece could have made his disdain for the megachurch style of worship known without resorting to all out Christian bashing and lumping us together with those who's political agenda outshines any spiritual motivations. It's those kind of blanket statements that give those asshats more ammo to begin with.
 
2005-08-03 09:29:38 PM  
If you feel the need to belong to a MegaChurch (TM), why not just switch to Catholicism? That's the most mega of the mega churches.

Cathedrals are WAY prettier than converted basketball arenas.

/then again, maybe the parts about studying your catechism and learing a little history are too hard for the illiterate dweebs showing up to the Houston JesusDome.

SUNDAYSUNDAYSUNDAY at the JESUSDOME!

you buy the whole pew, but you only NEED THE EDGE!!!
 
2005-08-03 09:34:03 PM  
After reading the writers headline from the linked article I couldn't help myself.
/submitter.

I used Lakewood as an obvious church but there is also



(under construction in Chile)
 
2005-08-03 09:35:12 PM  
TheXerox
the author of this piece could have made his disdain for the megachurch style of worship known without resorting to all out Christian bashing and lumping us together with those who's political agenda outshines any spiritual motivations.

While it is exceptionally critical, the scope of the article is indeed limited to the mega-church crowd.
 
2005-08-03 09:40:21 PM  
SockMonkeyHolocaust: But what if this is what G-d really wants?

To threadjack, what is this "G-d" thing? Are we afraid of saying 'God' now?

Aside from that, I was going to comment that the headline should be "sweet Jesus", not "sweet jesus", but it appears that's already been taken care of.
 
2005-08-03 09:46:32 PM  
Almighty: Megachurches aren't about spiritual enlightenment, they're about entertainment.

well...that's kinda what i meant. just seems like watching a guy on a TV screen in a basketball arena isn't much different than watching a guy on a TV screen in your own house. least that route, you can pick your ass without getting a collection plate hucked at you.

bonzo brings up a good point. i want to see the Jesus Tractor Pull.
 
2005-08-03 09:48:03 PM  
2005-08-03 09:40:21 PM RyoShin [TotalFark]

To threadjack, what is this "G-d" thing? Are we afraid of saying 'God' now?



Jews use the spelling "G-d" because the name is holy and cannot be uttered.
 
2005-08-03 09:51:18 PM  
2005-08-03 09:48:03 PM FlyingLizardOfDoom


2005-08-03 09:40:21 PM RyoShin [TotalFark]
To threadjack, what is this "G-d" thing? Are we afraid of saying 'God' now?
-.-.-
Jews use the spelling "G-d" because the name is holy and cannot be uttered.


I thought it's also because the vowels aren't normally written in H_br_w. YHWH looks lots cooler then G_d, though.

/heap, Jesus plays in a hair metal cover band now...he wouldn't be caught dead at a tractor pull.
 
2005-08-03 09:52:47 PM  
heap:

just seems like watching a guy on a TV screen in a basketball arena isn't much different than watching a guy on a TV screen in your own house

It's all about the atmosphere. Sure, you could listen to your favorite band on CD, or rent a DVD of a concert, but it's more fun to go to the concert, even if you're so far back all you can see is the big screen.
 
2005-08-03 09:52:50 PM  
FlyingLizardOfDoom: Jews use the spelling "G-d" because the name is holy and cannot be uttered.

i thought that was just with 'yahweh' or other similar 'first name' incarnations of the term.

is it kosher to write/type little g god?
 
2005-08-03 09:56:12 PM  
Almighty:

It's all about the atmosphere. Sure, you could listen to your favorite band on CD, or rent a DVD of a concert, but it's more fun to go to the concert, even if you're so far back all you can see is the big screen.

yah, i guess it all comes back to what you mentioned...spirituality/enlightenment be damned, entertainment fills the seats.
 
2005-08-03 09:59:30 PM  
FlyingLizardOfDoom: Jews use the spelling "G-d" because the name is holy and cannot be uttered.

Whoa, I didn't know that.

[thinks back to conversations with a Jewish member of his Fraternity]

You know, now that I think of it, I don't remember him saying "God". Of course, he wasn't very observant, so I'm sure he uttered it a few times.
 
2005-08-03 10:35:22 PM  
i was completly shut out on the 'tractor pull jesus' GIS, but this made up for it.

 
2005-08-03 10:37:27 PM  
Bonzo_1116

Hehe, somehow I missed your post. I posted this in the God hates Bill Frist (TF only) submission, as "Justice Sunday" mega-church things always take me back to those "monster trucks at the Baltimore Arena" radio ads.

2005-08-03 08:26:03 PM Action Replay Nick

SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! At the Tennessee Jesus Dome!


Justice Sunday II
God Save the United States and this Honorable Court!


Witness all the MAYHEMMAYHEM as the Jesus Brigades bring you full throttle to the edge of your seat with condescending JUDGEMENTJUDGEMENT!

If you call yourself a Christian, and you crave excitement, you can't miss this rare event that's sure to make liberals TREMBLETREMBLE.

Tickets on sale now through TicketMaster.
 
2005-08-03 10:57:35 PM  
RyoShin

G-d is usually a tip off that someone is Jewish, since under Jewish law you're not allowed to give any name to God or ascribe any physical qualities to God. Also a couple Christian denominations follow the name thing, though oddly not the physical qualities thing. So they anthropomorphize God with the best of 'em.

As for the first lesson of the Bible being not to seek knowledge. Not even close. And also not everyone holds to a concept of original sin.
 
2005-08-03 10:57:55 PM  
The Baptist Church near where I work is having a monster truck rally this Sunday (maybe Saturday?). No shiat. It's free, too. I Am Not Making This Up.
 
2005-08-03 10:58:07 PM  
Let's hear it for number 01, the big man, from Nazareth. He carries his teamates and the sins of the world on his back....

put your hands together for JEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEZUSSSSSSSSSSS!

bah-bah bah-bah-bah-bah-bah bah-bah bah-bah-bah-bah-bah....
 
2005-08-03 10:58:16 PM  
submitter: thank you for putting this as printable version, i wish more people would clue into this
 
2005-08-03 10:59:18 PM  
ghare

Jesus wants to wash away your sins with the cleansing power of diesel exhaust.
 
2005-08-03 11:00:26 PM  
The week wouldnt be complete without the token "slam the Christians" post.

/Stay tuned, next week they feed us to the Lions!
 
2005-08-03 11:00:45 PM  
ghare: It's free, too. I Am Not Making This Up.

there's no way in hell i can convince myself to drive to florida, but you gotta get me pics of tractor pull jesus, man.

FULL PULL FOR THE HOLY SAVIOR!

the sledge/trailor thing they drag around could be shaped like a cross. man...i need to get in on this religious marketing thing.
 
2005-08-03 11:00:54 PM  
oddly enough, at least one of these monster churches has a burger king inside.
 
2005-08-03 11:03:09 PM  
darthgarlic

When Catholics or Episcopalians build a huge church, they make it look really really good, and make it something that's more than a place to pray. Neo-Calvinists go beyond huge, to the point where even purpose built churches are basically stadiums. Impersonal, cold, lifeless. Isn't about Christians in general, just that some Christians have no taste and ignore a few things from the Gospels.
 
2005-08-03 11:03:50 PM  
Was it me, or was the reporter seriously channelling Spider Jerusalem in the article?

/Not that that's a bad thing
//We could use some real reporters like him.
 
2005-08-03 11:04:03 PM  
Where's the strip church with the fire pole?
 
2005-08-03 11:05:04 PM  
Seriously, we don't people bother to read their own holy book.

Matthew 6:5-6: "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men....when thou prayest, enter into thy closet and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret...."


/Man, it must take a lot of Jesus to feed all those people.
 
2005-08-03 11:05:05 PM  
2005-08-03 11:00:26 PM darthgarlic


The week wouldnt be complete without the token "slam the Christians" post.

/Stay tuned, next week they feed us to the Lions!


The vibe I'm getting from this thread is that the dingleberries at the MegaJesusArena are *wanna-be* Christians. It's like all those dudes playing air guitar at the Dokken concert who think they're actually rocking out.

You're unlikely to get any real Jesus by watching the JumboTron from the upper deck seats.
 
2005-08-03 11:05:25 PM  
My town was officially let into the South (it's been unofficial with our community colleges still spreading knowledge around) when it recently built a church that obviously cost over $5 million. It was private donation(s), but it still irks me that the money could have been used for homeless shelters or other beneficial things for our less fortunate.

Oh, and the church is right across the street from the multi-million dollar HIGH SCHOOL Sports complex. Come to Tulsa for religion, stay for the highschool football games.
 
2005-08-03 11:05:56 PM  
heap: I will try like hell to get you a picture of the banner tomorrow if the email in your profile is real, I about made in my pants laughing when I saw it. I can't bring myself to actually go (although if I was single I would), maybe there'll be some pictures in the newspaper in Lake City, I can't remember the name of the paper right now.

I would like to say that I personally know some sane Christians.
 
2005-08-03 11:06:29 PM  
How many adjectives is it possible to cram into one sentence? More is less, man. It's like vomit on a page. Make your point, go home. I thought that was one of more unfortunate, incoherent, and plain stupid opinion pieces that I've read.
 
2005-08-03 11:06:37 PM  
darthgarlic: Stay tuned, next week they feed us to the Lions!

is there any chance you could hop down offa that cross long enough to recognize that christian idiots are still idiots?

woe be unto the persecuted majority. lions and tigers and bears, oh my.
 
2005-08-03 11:07:04 PM  
Wasn't there a church found a few years back in Utah that also served as a brothel?

/ super-size!
 
2005-08-03 11:07:59 PM  
The really cool thing is that these megachurches really get the Republicans organized. Every one of those thousands of people will go to their party caucuses singing "Onward Christian Soldiers...."
 
2005-08-03 11:09:29 PM  
Reminds me of rock concerts held in stadiums back in the 70s. Hey, don't bogar that joint, dude!

/Best concert: Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon tour, 1973.
 
2005-08-03 11:10:02 PM  
flatt

Protestants, specifically the offshoots of Calvinism, don't do weekly communion most of them. The denominations, such as they are, that have these mega-chruches don't have to worry about communion cause they don't do it. It's the Orthodox, Catholics, Lutherans and Anglicans/Episcopalians that do it every week.
 
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